NEW BRUNSWICK — NJ Blood Services (NJBS), a division of The New York Blood Center (NYBC), and Rutgers University (RU), once again partnered for the annual campus-wide six hour blood drive, collecting 702 pints of blood.
Students, faculty, alumni and community residents rolled up their sleeves and donated on several campus locations, including the College Avenue Recreation Center, Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on the Busch Campus, the Livingston Recreation Center and the Cook/Douglas Gym.
Tagged as a “Pint for a Pint” blood drive, donors received a “RU pint glass,” and enjoyed a post donation snack of Thomas Sweets ice cream. In addition, a $2.00 donation was made for each pint of blood collected to Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH).
“Rutgers University has always been significant in donating to our blood supply,” said NJBS Director of Recruitment & Donor Retention Marie Forrestal. “We commend their efforts in supporting our need for blood and we are also grateful to staff and the residents of the nearby communities who donated.”
New Jersey Blood Services, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, says that the need for blood has increased beyond expectations.
“Every day in the U.S. approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities to treat patients with cancer and other diseases, to support organ transplant recipients and accident and trauma victims,” noted Forrestal. “Everyone has an obligation to donate blood, at least once a year and Rutgers University is certainly doings its part to meet the need.”
Eligible donors should be 17 years of age, or 16 with parental permission, show photo or signed ID, weigh 110 pounds, and be in good health. Persons with questions of medical eligibility should call 1-800-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org
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